Ceraria

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Ceraria
Ceraria namaquensis 01 ies.jpg
Ceraria namaquensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Portulacaceae
Genus: Ceraria
Pearson & Stephens
Species

Ceraria carrissoana
Ceraria evora
Ceraria fruticulosa
Ceraria gariepina
Ceraria kaokoensis
Ceraria kuneneana
Ceraria longipedunculata
Ceraria namaquensis (False portulacaria, Namaqua porkbush)
Ceraria pygmaea
Ceraria schaeferi

Ceraria is a genus of succulent shrubs, native to South Africa and Namibia.

Description[edit]

They are very slow-growing, semi-deciduous or deciduous, and succulent perennials with a few branches and many small, ovoid leaves along the stems. Branches are pale-barked smooth with papery cortex. These woody-stemmed desert shrubs have many short and ovoid gray-green leaves. Flowers, born on peduncles of 13-17 mm long, with some minute ovate bracts 4 mm long. Calyx with two phyllous, 5 rose-colored, obovate, 2 mm long petals. Five stamens with linear filaments.

Species[edit]

Ceraria carrissoana
Ceraria evora
Ceraria fruticulosa
Ceraria gariepina
Ceraria kaokoensis
Ceraria kuneneana
Ceraria longipedunculata
Ceraria namaquensis syn. Portulacaria armiana, Namaqualand ceraria (False portulacaria, Namaqua porkbush)
Ceraria pygmaea syn. Portulacaria pygmaea
Ceraria schaeferi

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